PhD in Geography

The Geography doctoral program is an innovative and vibrant program that provides an integrated systems approach to the study of human and environmental resources. The Department of Geography has long-standing emphases in Geographic Information Science, including unmanned aerial systems, nature-society dynamics, and cultural-historical geography. Doctoral students will select one of these three areas of specialization. Considerable flexibility exists within these tracks, allowing the student to choose from a broad spectrum of coursework in both Geography and related disciplines. Students must have earned a master’s degree to gain admission to the PhD program; a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree and a successfully defended dissertation are required to receive the doctoral degree.

Course Requirements

1) Required Geography Core: 13 hours

  • 5001 - Professional Development in Geography
  • 5303 - Geographical Analysis I
  • 5413 - History and Philosophy of Geography
  • 5403 - Current Geographic Research
  • 6313 - Mixed Methods in Field Research

2) Elective Coursework inside Geography: 15-27 hours focused in one of the three specialty areas listed above

3) Elective Coursework outside Geography: 9-15 hours of courses that complement the student’s research track and align with the chosen specialty

4) Dissertation (GEOG 6000): 15-24 hours


Full details can be found starting on page 17 of the Graduate Program Handbook.



Rebecca Sheehan, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
OSU Department of Geography
364 Social Sciences & Humanities
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9178 (direct) or (405) 744-6250 (main office)